I started training in 2008 on the invite from a friend to come try jiu-jitsu when I was working in Regina. But it wasn’t until my first trip to Brazil in 2009 that I fell in love with it. It was there I first met Infight’s Rogerio Poggio and Eduardo Cadena, now 5th and 4th degree black belts whom I am still friends with today.
When I moved back to Winnipeg in 2010, I began to train under my professor Rodrigo Munduruca. While training with him, I joined him in Brazil again in 2011. As part of Gracie Humaita Winnipeg I had the opportunity to travel and train with many of the greats: Royler Gracie, Royce Gracie, Rolker Gracie, Rickson Gracie, and I even went to Barcelona to visit Robin Gracie (5 of Helio Gracie’s sons)
I continued to travel to some of the best academies around the world over the coming years. Learning from great instructors such as John Danaher, Gordon Ryan, Leticia Ribeiro, Jeff Glover, Baret Yoshida, Eduardo Telles, Alfredo Barum, Romulo Barral, Henry Akins, and more… It’s from these travels and visits that I bring back my modern jiu-jitsu philosophy and concepts to Socius BJJ